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unfold. so president obama has about 12 months here. >> don't you think in terms of who they are rebranding against, the competition, if you will, if we're talking marketplace term, the democrats thus far, for the most part the democrats kind of have it together in a way they historically have not. >> well, sort of. i mean, we still don't have a budget. we don't have a grand bargain in terms of social insurance reform and taxes beyond the top clinton rate. so i think to say the democrats are operating at a higher proficiency level at the moment politically that's true, how long that lasts is the question. and without -- it's interesting because their fates are linked. if the republicans don't play a partnership role as you were saying to find some common ground, then i think the whole system once again is going to become evermore dysfunctional in the eyes of the voters. >> can it get more dysfunctional? there have been many iterations of cantor. on immigration, he backs the path to citizenship on some. on guns, he wants to improve current back joupd checks but is inconcl
on capitol hill, president obama has not forgotten what the hagel saga would seem to ignore. we are at war, and we need a secretary of defense. >> it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan, and i need a secretary of defense who is coordinating with our allies to make sure that our troops are getting the kind of strategy and mission that they deserve. >> republicans once standard bearers on defense now seem content to be the party of obstruction and vendettas. governor rendell, i think this is a low point, i mean, a real significant low point in temz of how our government works, but you and i were speaking before the break, and you said this crisis probably could have been averted. >> sure. i think the dysfunctionality is in part to blame for, you democrats. we had a chance to make serious reform on the filibuster process, and we took a walk on it. we passed some things that didn't amount to anything. we had a real chance to put a crimp into the dysfunctionalty, and we didn't do it, but i also say, alex, i have no
. to that end president obama will speak in the next hour at a shipyard in virginia, but he won't be alone on the trail. president obama is traveling with, wait for it, a republican congressman, scott rigell, and the message the president is taking to the people of virginia? >> i stand by those commitments to make the reforms for smart spending cuts. we also need republicans to adopt the same approach to tax reform that speaker boehner championed just two months ago. >> speaking of the message speaker boehner championed just two months ago, let us take a whirl in the not so way back machine. >> real revenue growth is critically important as long as real cuts in spending if we're going to solve our long-term fiscal problem. i made it clear to the president that i would put a trillion dollars worth of revenue on the table if he were willing to put a trillion dollars worth of spending reductions on the table. we have to find a way to address this significant spending problem that we have and we need to find a way through tax reform to begin to grow our economy in a way that will create more j
. there isn't much overlap between critics of george w. bush and barack obama unless you are talking counterterrorism. members of code pink, a group founded during the bush administration to protest the policies of waterboard and detention made their voices heard at yesterday's confirmation hearing for john brennan as cia director. >> they won't even tell congress what country we are killing children in. >> please -- >> senator feinstein. >> if you could please expedite the removal. >> more important than the children of pakistan and yemen? are they more important? do your job! >> the hearing serve as a public discussion of the most controversial counterterrorism policies that began under president george w. bush and, in part, have continued and expanded under president obama. brennan's defense of the secrecy surrounding the administration's most questionable program, targeted assassinations using drone aircraft, was as opaque as the program itself. >> what we need to do is optimize transparency on these issues, but at the same time optimize secrecy and the protection of our national
could save you fifteen percent or more. >>> speaker john boehner doesn't think president obama has the guts to solve the nation's fiscal woes, but no word on who has an actual backbone. it's february 12th, fat tuesday, and this is "now. owe ". >>> joining me today rick hertzberg of "the new yorker," msnbc political analyst and pulitzer prize winning columnist for the washington post, eugene robinson making his debut, senior fellow at the center on budget and policy priorities, jared bernstein, and msnbc political analyst and former dnc communications director karen finney. one year ago president obama vowed to go it alone if republicans in congress continued to stonewall. >> as long as i'm president, i will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum, but i intend to fight obstruction with action, and i will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place. >> the president has followed through on that threat and seems ready to double down. seven months ago he signed an executive action to stop the deportat
president obama vowed to go it alone if republicans in congress continued to stonewall. >> as long as i'm president, i will work with anyone in this chamber to build o this momentum, but i intend to fight obstruction with action, and i will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place. >> the president has followed through on that threat and seems ready to double down. seven months ago he signed an executive action to stop the deportation of the children of undocumented immigrants. seven weeks ago he eased the citizenship application process for undocumented workers with close family members already living in the united states, and three weeks ago the president announced 23 executive actions on gun safety. now there are reports he is prepping a flurry of new executive actions, including mortgage relief for struggling homeowners allowing hem to refinance at lower rates, anti-discriminate protections for gays and lesbians who work for the government contractors and epa carbon caps on existing power plants. iowa republican se
. at devry.edu. ♪ >>> president obama's cabinet is starting to look like the white house version of the lonely heart's club. it's thursday, february 14th, valentine's day, and this is "now." >>> joining me today author and radio host of the nationally syndicated studio 360, curt anderson, msnbc contributor and queen bee of the grio.com joy reid, politico senior political reporter, the intrepid maggie haberman, nicknames galore, and host of msnbc's "the cycle" steve cornacke. >> these days for republicans all roads lead to benghazi. senator lindsey graham and fellow senate republicans are blocking a confirmation vote on chuck hagel as secretary of defense until the white house provides more information on something that has nothing to do with chuck hagel. >> i am going to fight the idea of jamming somebody through until we get answers about what the president did personally when it came to the benghazi debacle. >> just to be clear, according to senator lindsey graham, a 38-day confirmation process is the ekwifl ens of jamming somebody through. hagel's confirmation was approved by
thing. i voted against it when it first came up. >> woodward said it was president obama who proposed and promoted the sequester. >> you have as usual in washington a large kabuki going on about who can get blamed. >> it came from the white house, and the president's aides. >> a psychologist and procrastination expert told the a.p., "congress is pretty much the worst, hands down, of any group we ever investigated. they're worse than college students." despite the fact that both sides bought into this plan, action to avert the sequester has been limited. president obama advocates a mixed approach. more than $1 trillion in spending cuts coupled with $680 billion in tax revenue. speaking to the national governor's association a few minutes ago, the president urged congress to find common ground. >> while you are in town i hope that you speak with your congressional delegation and remind them in no uncertain terms exactly what is at stake and exactly who is at risk because here's the thing. these cuts do not have to happen. congress can turn them off any time with just a little bit of com
totally unrelated to chuck hagel as defense secretary is what president obama was doing during the benghazi attack. hagel remains in limbo, as does defense secretary leon panetta, who isn't exactly sure when he will be able to return to his california walnut groves. >> this is, i believe, my final press conference here at the pentagon briefing room. there are moments when i thought i was part of the last act of an italian opera. you're not sure exactly when it would end, and when the fat lady would sing. >> for now the only certainty is much more congressional uncertainty. joy, does leon panetta need a shirt that says "i survived a chuck hagel filibuster and all i got was this lousy t-shirt?" just when he thinks it can't get worse, it's actually seemingly gotten worse. >> this is insane. i mean, last night i went through, and i was looking at the george w. bush cabinet nominations. none of which were filibustered. just for fun. just because i knew we were talking about it. his second term cabinet nominations, the majority went through by voice vote. they didn't even bother to t
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that will run in five states targeting north carolina senator kay hagen. the ad reads "will obama's gun proposals work? his own experts say no." the debate continues at the national level, and states are moving quickly on gun legislation, but in opposite directions. today the new jersey statehouse will vote on 20 bills, including banning magazines over ten rounds, banning armor-piercing bullets, and requiring universal background checks. on monday the colorado statehouse passed a bill passing universal background checks, limiting magazines to 15 rounds and banning concealed guns in stadiums and on college campuses. meanwhile, in south carolina a state senate committee approved a bill allowing cob sealed guns in bars. republicans in the arizona statehouse introduced a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools, and in wyoming the statehouse just passed a bill that would invalidate a federal ban on assault weapons and charge federal officials trying to enforce the law with a misdemeanor. the wyoming senate is recommending removing that provision gin the fact that it would see
of the grio.com joy reid. president obama is making a full court press on policy. after yesterday's speech on gun safety, today he is focussing on immigration. the president is meeting with labor leaders at the white house right now and will speak with business leaders this afternoon. >> members are in class. the judiciary hearing on immigration features testimony from duke, harvard, and nyu professors. republican committee chair bob goodlot says the purpose of the hearing is to educate freshmen congressman who know very little about the complexities of reform. lesson number one is already clear. move past last year's republican rhetoric on self-deportation and electrified fences. >> this debate is often emotionally charged. that's because it's not about abstract statistics and concepts, but rather about real people with real problems trying to provide a better life for their families. >> we seek to harmonize two foundational preaccepts. number one is humanity. number two is respect for the rule of law. >> humane rhetoric? yes, but humane policies? question mark. republican leadership is t
the nra. organizing for action reminds me of the way the obama campaign, via vi the republican party, that dynamic where they cut out the middle man and emphasize direct engagement. they're still really entrenched powers. when you mention this state legislation situation, you suddenly find out what kind of world the nra and its supporters are envisioning, and that is this hobsian world where more guns for school teachers. my least favorite manifestation of this is more guns for rape victims because republicans and the nra need to show their concern for women. >> they've done so good on the rape issue thus far. why not bring it back up? >> exactly. the next question that you ask is if you got raped and you didn't shoot your rapist, what's wrong with you? again, they're envisioning this kind of society where everyone is heavily armed and kind of just like, you know, shooting at each other. >> but in the same way you mention the relationship with the republican party, there is an extremism that the nra has shown, which has moved people to say i don't want to be with that, and so you are
sleuthing did reveal much about their feelings regarding barack obama, president. of the many, many actually relevant items left largely off the table? not one question about drones, despite the fact the u.s. has carried out 362 drone strikes since 2004. troop suicides, of which there were as many as 349 last year alone were mentioned twice. rapes inside the military estimated at 19,000 per year got five passing mentions. while israel was brought up 166 times yesterday, afghanistan, the longest running war in american history, and one that has cost almost 2,000 american lives was brought up 20 times. glen thrush, i ask you, the hearings yesterday, were they ever even meant to be hearings, or was it a trial for the obama administration? >> i was just struck by the great positive energy that chuck hagel was giving off at these hearings. didn't he look like he had just been abduct and pushed out of a moving vehicle? >> he was facing eight hours of questioning that as we showed at the beginning, in some ways had nothing to do with what he would do as defense secretary. >> i have been to several
and concerned libertarians. now as john brennan, the architect of the u.s. drone policy and president obama's mick to head the cia readies to testify this afternoon on capitol hill, calls for greater transparency and legal justification for the killings have increased. the outcry reached a crescendo on monday when nbc's michael isikoff obtained a leaked white pair from the government suggesting that the u.s. government can kill american set zenz overseas without any specific intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the u.s. the expansive legal framework set off alarm bells. >> every american has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to kill them. i don't think that as one person said, that is too much to ask. >> the "new york times" wrote "it was disturbing to see the twisted logic of the administration's lawyers laid out in black and white. it brought back unwelcome memories of memos written for president george w. bush to justify illegal wiretapping, indefinite detention, kidnapping, abuse, and torture. "time's" writer david carr put it
reform hangs in congress. usa today obtain aid white house document from president obama's immigration priorities. it included beefing up border security, mandating that all businesses implement the e-verify system in four years, and adding 140 new judges to expedite immigration cases. more controversially, the document also discussed a permanent legal status visa for those without records that are willing to be fingerprinted and pay a fine. in eight years those approved for the visa could a reply for a green card and potential citizenship several years later. hours after the lake, senator marco rubio called the ideas half baked and seriously flawed, adding if actually proposed the president's bill would be dead on arrival in congress. the white house denied leaking the document and underscored that it was not an official proposal. >> we've not proposed mying to capitol hill yet. we've got a bill. we're doing exactly what the president said we would do last month in las vegas, which is we're preparing, we're going to be ready. >> still, leaders m gop on sunday accuse the president of h
bernstein. >>> while president obama continues to warn of the damaging effects of the sequester and republicans lob insults from the sidelines, you'd never know anything was wrong from the market. damn the sequester screams one headline. the dow closed up another 50 points yesterday to settle above 14,000 while the s&p reached a five-year high. there are danger signs ahead. earlier this month, the cbo warned the sequester will have economic growth in 2013 and result in 750,000 lost jobs, but the collective eye roll of the market have been mirrored in the empty hallways of the capitol as lawmakers continue to enjoy a week-long break. complacency is further fuelled by the deadline is malleable. they won't fall apart on sequester day of reckoning said an aide. what actually happens on march first, nothing. nothing happens. while the meet cleaver may not fall on day one, things spiral in the days and weeks ahead. today secretary of defense leon panetta notified congress of the pentagon's plan to furlough 700,000 civilian employees, who, beginning in april, will be required to take o
obama likes and we think it's the best way to get his attention on spending." which is maybe why you're seeing so much political posturing in the days leading up to it. >> no question. the thing that, i think, bugs me and from ezra's comments, him as well, the most about this is while all these political maturations are going on, and sure, you can have great positioning and fights about this spending program and that spending program, nobody's talking about the underlying economy. as i said, the unemployment rate is stuck at 8%. that's way too high. you have millions of people in long-term unemployment, so the idea you're actually engaging in fiscal policy that's hurting an already weak economy so you can have these political fights is antithetical to what i believe policy makers' jobs are. >> it's hard to say we're making a stand when this is a republican senator being quoted on a blind. that's not much of a stance. >> off the record. >> i think the optics of this are both sides are trying to claim a high ground here. we've seen what the president is doing with his bully pulpit all
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. >> msnbc contributor sam stein. a few minutes from now, president obama will make his first appearance since the state of the union, speaking to manufacturers in asheville, north carolina. last night, the president put policy front and center, building upon the moral framework he outlined in his inaugural address. the quality was front and center as the president unveiled a series of new initiatives. he vowed equal treatment and benefits for gay and lesbian servicemembers. and returned to an issue for which he began his presidency, fair pay for women. >> and i ask this congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts and finally pass the paycheck fairness act this year. >> the president announced a nonpartisan commission to crack down on voter suppression. recalling the story of a miami bottom who waited six hours to cast her ballot. >> hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line to support her because desalien is 102 years old. and they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read. "i voted. >> he pitched the idea of universal preschoo
. the fundamental issue? taxes and spending. yesterday president obama called minority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner. speaking later on the reverend al sharpton's radio show, the president did not sound optimistic. >> their basic view is that nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations, and they would prefer to see these kinds of cuts that could slow down a recovery over closing tax loopholes, and that's the thing that binds their party together at this point. >> earlier this week an n an e-mail speaker boehner's office pledged support for closing loopholes but not as a we to reduce the deficit. creating jobs remains our top priority in the house. we believe the revenue generated from eliminating these carve-outs should be used to lower rates around the board, but will lowering tax rates create a stronger american middle class, a morrow bust economy? fans of history, facts, and economic data question the merits of trickle down economics. since ronald reagan took office, the government has eased the tax burden on the wealthie
, it sort of reminded you and why people get frustrated with president obama, he had unifiability when he puts his mind to it. and wants to be unified in some things and that last ten minutes -- >> well, the last ten minutes focusing on those victims of gun violence who deserve a vote. he's been actually, i think, very great in sort of wrapping his arms around emotion of gun violence and sort of presenting that to the country in a way that isn't divisive and politically charged. and as you said, chuck -- >> low political bar. give a vote. >> just stand up and be counted. let people whether you're for or against him. i read through the speech quickly before when he got it just before he delivered it. and sigh remember thinking, i wish -- there's such a lot of stuff that's so dry. you're going to lose the audience. did people actually make it to the last ten minutes? he saved the crescendo to the end. a classic obama. there was nothing left out, immigration, housing. >> and he led with -- which i thought was -- >> skwelead with sequester and finish -- >> lead with sequester? >> here we are
. >> president obama takes to the skies with a message on gun safety and will deliver a speech in minneapolis just two hours from now. among his top priorities? instituting universal background checks, the focus of a six-figure super bowl ad taken out by mayors against illegal guns and broadcast last night to the beltway audience. >> the nra once supported background checks. >> we think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show, no loopholes anywhere for anyone. >> america can do this for us. please. >> the ad highlights the nra's slide towards irrationality since law pierre throated his full support for background checks. >> the craziness of the extreme pro-gun lobby has been revealed, and that has got to move the debate. it's got to move the legislation to at least some degree. >> the nra is now revealed as an insan organization, and that matters quite a lot. >> criticism of the nra is no longer the purr view of the "new york times" proving just how exactly they have gotten. the nra executive vice president was called out on fox
drastically trimmed by the so-called sequester, president obama urged congress to avoid the cuts and specifically urged republicans in congress. >> republicans in congress face a simple choice. are they willing to compromise to protect vital investments in education and health care and national security and all the jobs that depend on them, or would they rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loophole that is benefit only the healthiest americans and biggest corporations? that's the choice. >> while the cuts would put the gvt government on a path towards a debt reduction, they are inkrimtat or a lot like a meat clever. it would force the f.a.a. to regularly furlough 4,000 workers a day which accounts for more than 10% of its entire staff. 125,000 families would immediately lose rental assistance putting them at risk of homelessness, and the military's health insurance program would face a $3 billion shortfall, meaning retirees and dependents of active soldiers could lose their coverage. as congress heads
over the obama plan, really hasn't preached very much about it. it's not only the faithful who let it go. it's really the church itself who sort of accept that. there just aren't a lot of catholic families of 12 kids anymore in most of the west, and increasingly, not in the third world either. >> e.j., i want to bring in our panel here in new york, and before we started this segment, i was doing a little pop quiz with you guys about the average age of priests in the catholic church, and we talk about demographic concerns, but this would seem to be one. e.j. points out the age of the cardinals. if you look at the average age of u.s. catholic preesz, in 1970 that age, rick, was 35 years old. in 2009 it is 63 years old. i mean, i would love to know what your analysis for that is. do you think that faith plays less of an important role in younger generations? do you think that catholic church has been less than forthcoming in terms of updating its messaging in recent years? i mean, that to me is shocking. effectively, it means the people who were joining in 1970 are literally the same
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